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LisaLovesToRead

LisaLovesToRead

Joined December 2019

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“You are the only person who can change the path you are on.” This book is a great reminder of the power of human contact and connection. We can receive & offer help & both acts are rewarding & worthwhile.

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The first half of this book was dreadful. I try to never bail on a book, so I stuck with it. I did enjoy the second half.

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Who Moved My Cheese? 2004 | Spencer Johnson
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My first reaction was that this classic is even cheesier (ha ha!) than I remembered. Still, it is timeless and drives home its points effectively.

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So great! I can‘t say enough about it. I also appreciated that it was succinct. Many times I‘m struck by the unnecessary repetition or jumping around that authors lead us on. McKeown sticks to his mantra that less is more.

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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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After reading many nonfiction books, it was nice to listen to a novel. The story features two men trying to figure out where they are at and where their relationship is going. It was thought provoking & intense, but still a nice to shake things up.

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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I am glad I flipped to a physical book instead of e-book to read this. It is the first in a trilogy. Now I‘m eagerly waiting for #2! The characters are relatable — complicated with good, bad, & annoying characteristics in each.

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This book was alright, but nothing too inspiring or interesting. It was nice that Andrews read it herself. Her voice is a delight. Otherwise I might have thumbs downed it.

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I find this book overwhelming, but I still enjoy Marie Kondo‘s approach and perspective.

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I like how Casazza encourages even baby steps & modifying her suggestions to fit into the reader‘s life. Simplifying doesn‘t have to be rigid and black & white.

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The Lovely Bones | Alice Sebold
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A moving novel about growing up, loss, justice, and not giving up.

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This book contained a lot of practical advice for business owners. Parts were a bit dated, but the overall message was still relevant.

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At last a solid thumb‘s up. After really enjoying the start of this series, I found books 4 & 5 rather disappointing. #6 got things back on track!

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This book was great. Gless is honest and willing to admit when she screwed up. It was impossible not to cheer her on as she recounts her trials & tribulations.

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Im glad I read this. It made for a great book club discussion, but I really struggled to get through the first 125 pages. After that, it went much quicker. I do feel like I learned a bit. I have more questions & got frustrated a lot, but that‘s life sometimes!

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I did enjoy this book, but I found the second half very repetitive. I could see the point of Bechdel working through issues, but it made me go from thoroughly enjoying it to lowering my estimation a little.

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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This was a fun read & insightful too!

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Renegades: Born in the USA | Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen
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This was a fun read with great photos. I got more insight into both Obama and Springsteen.

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I didn‘t think this was the worst, but also not the best. My friend (who‘s also an English teacher) reminded me that Rowling was writing for her maturing audience and adjusted her content and approach with each book. I‘m trying to be patient, but this one was just okay.

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This was a quick read, brutal at times, but it kept my attention. Now my hubby and I are going to watch it on Netflix.

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Parker makes some great suggestions, but this book also drug on for me. I do think I‘ll apply some of her ideas, so I‘m giving this book a thumb‘s up, but I don‘t know that I‘d recommend it to others.

fredthemoose I felt pretty similarly about this book. There were so many rules or guidelines that I almost felt like maybe I just shouldn‘t host anything at a certain point. 3mo
LisaLovesToRead Ha, yes, I agree! My hubby and I love to host & I wondered how many rules we‘ve broken over the years… 3mo
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American Pastoral | Philip Roth
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Roth is a great writer, but I did find some parts a bit tedious. He loves his tangents. Still, it was an interesting book. It made for a great discussion with my book club.

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Dave Grohl has some great tales. I highly recommend his audio book to hear his story in his voice. Amazing!

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This book was fabulous. I enjoy McDougall‘s ability to cover multiple stories. I want to visit the island of Crete now. Also, I‘m taking some of the exercise advice he presents. I wish I had read this as a physical book instead of digital. That would have helped me flip around as I was getting acclimated to the Greek and German names.

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I learned quite a bit from this book. There were parts that drug on though, so I‘m not sure that I would recommend it.

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This book contains several immediately applicable suggestions to improve one‘s presentation abilities.

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This book was great! Morin is convincing and wise, sharing personal stories and her learned positions from her education and practice. I recommend this book!

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This book opens our eyes to how terribly Japanese Americans were treated during WWII, but it also reminds us how one seemingly small choice can set us down a path. A really sweet book!

GondorGirl I'm a huge Jamie Ford fan. I wish more people would discover his beautiful books (though this is my favorite)! 4mo
LisaLovesToRead @GondorGirl, which book of his would you recommend I read next? I had read this one several years ago & it was sweet to reread. I‘d love to read more by him. I agree he is quite talented! I love how he wrote this entertaining novel, but still opened his readers‘ eyes to historically important facts. 4mo
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Believe Me | J. P. Delaney
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This book pulled me in. The twists were fun and even though I kept thinking I knew what was next, the author kept me guessing. I also like that he wrote under an androgynous name to Void being discredited as a male author. Great book!

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This book was interesting, but I did not agree with a lot of it. I am trying not to shy away from books that differ from my beliefs. It was interesting to hear about how Jackie believes the Christian church misses the mark and glamorizes marriage more than it should. She commented that the goal should be getting close to Jesus, not to find a spouse. However, it was harder to accept that people born gay need to avoid acting on their urges.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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I didn‘t love the ending, but it was a page turned, so I‘ll still give it a thumb‘s up. It did get me thinking & guessing what twist and turn lie ahead.

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Less Than Zero | Bret Easton Ellis
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This book is deeply disturbing. It makes you think; it reads quick & is really difficult to put down; and it has fantastic imagery from the 1980s & musical references. I am giving it a thumb‘s up and looking forward to my book club discussion on it next week.

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In the Quick: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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I found this to be a page turner, but it did lose me a little toward the end. I am curious what others thought of James. Perhaps I‘m missing some symbolism, but I found him to be dark, abusive, and disturbing, but would welcome others‘ thoughts too.

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I enjoyed this book and all of Robbins practical tips.

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Just Fly Away | Andrew McCarthy
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This was a really good young adult novel. The author handled serious topics in a believable way; showed that being in the right place at the right time sometimes matters a lot; and gave hope that fighting for relationships is valiant.

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It‘s been years since I have seen this movie, but I remember it was bizarre and great. The book did not disappoint! It was hard to put down. I‘m excited to rewatch the movie now.

LoverOfLearning I'm glad you enjoyed it! I got about 75% done and haven't picked it back up since. 5mo
LisaLovesToRead @LoverOfLearning, did you ever watch the movie? I remembered it being very different, but I couldn‘t recall too many details. That helped pull me through. I loved the descriptions early on, but it did keep my attention throughout. 5mo
LoverOfLearning @LisaLovesToRead no I havent actually seen it! But I should try and find it! 5mo
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Such an insightful book. It is amazing what the human psyche can overcome. It was terribly sad to hear details of what these patients‘ childhoods entailed, but really inspiring that they had the courage to enter therapy and seek ways to improve themselves.

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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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This book started as fun and unique. I appreciate the commentary on the difficulties & power of motherhood & womanhood. However, it was feeling slow & a little repetitive toward the end. Still, it is unique enough (& a short enough read) that I would recommend it.

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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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I thought this was ok. It was neat to see the future projections from the mid-20th century.

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I‘ve always intended to read this. It was thought provoking.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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After some reading some somber books, this was a nice break. It was a bit unexpected at parts; Clarke kept me turning the pages.

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This was a good read. I had read a bit about Ester over the last year; it was neat to see that Lucado writes of her in this book as well.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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It amazes me how much I have have read and learned about autism this year. I was tickled to discover only after I started this romance novel that the heroine is autistic. What a neat and refreshing perspective!

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Wow! What a remarkable writer Abedin is! Her family legacy and beautiful optimism and willingness to forgive read like an amazing, complicated novel. It was astonishing to keep reminding myself that Both/And is the story of her life and not fabricated. I highly recommend this book and hope we see more out of her!

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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It was difficult to put this book down. Although sad, it is remarkable how Walls doesn‘t resent her parents and upbringing. She espouses the saying, “what doesn‘t kill us makes us stronger!”

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The style of constantly throwing in social media posts and then immediately quoting the authors (with their glaring grammatical errors) was annoying. Still, I thought the message was good & worthwhile. Thank goodness it is a fast read. I will give her other books a shot & hope the style is more prose & less reposting and quoting…

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So stinking funny! Carlin was witty and by protecting nobody, he was able to indiscriminately poke fun at everybody across the board.

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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This was a sweet book. It was neat to have the narrator be a five year old and to see the world through his eyes. The reader could sympathize with his frustrations because of how well we understood Jack‘s thoughts.

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This book was creepy & disturbing, but considering the author, that‘s to be expected. The narrator did a nice job with the different voices in the audio version.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Noah manages to share stories of dreadful poverty with humor. This book is humbling and worth reading!

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This book was creative and compelling. I was amazed at Fergus‘ ability to put himself in the heads & hearts of women. Nicely done!